Dr. Chris Becker

Senior Clinical Professor, Accounting Academic Department
(970) 491-3194
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    Ph.D. Philosophy (Habilitation), University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, 2010

    Ph.D. Economics (Dr. rer. pol.), University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2003

    M.A. Economics (Diplom), University of Heidelberg, Germany, 1999

Google Scholar: Christian U Becker 

Selected Publications

Becker, C. (2023): Ethical underpinnings for the economy of the Anthropocene. Sustainability ethics as key to a sustainable economy. Ecological Economics 211, 107868.

Becker, C. and J. Hamblin (2021): Conceptualizing personhood for sustainability. A Buddhist virtue ethics perspective. Sustainability 13(16), 9166.

Gmeiner, N., S. Sievers-Glotzbach and C. Becker (2021): New values for new challenges. The emergence of progressive commons as a property regime for the 21st century. Ethics, Policy, and Environment 24(2): 187-207. 

Becker, C. (2019): Business Ethics. Methods and Application. London and New York: Routlege.

Becker, C. (2017): Virtue ethics enabling sustainability ethics for business. In: Sison, Alejo J., Beabout, Gregory R., Ferrero, Ignacio (eds.), Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management, New York: Springer, pp. 1383-1394.

Becker, C. (2016): Aristotelian Virtue Ethics and Economic Rationality. In: J. Baker and M. White (eds.), Economics and the Virtues: Building a New Moral Foundation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 9-36.

Stumpf, K.H., C. Becker and S. Baumgärtner (2016): A Conceptual Structure of Justice. Providing a tool to analyse conceptions of justice. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 19: 1187–1202.   

Stumpf, K.H.; S. Baumgärtner, C. Becker and S. Sievers-Glotzbach (2015): The Justice Dimension of Sustainability. A systematic and general conceptual framework. Sustainability 7(6): 7438-72.

Becker, C.; D. Ewringmann, M. Faber, T. Petersen, A. Zahrnt (2015): Endangering the natural basis of life is unjust. On the status and future of the sustainability discourse. Ethics, Policy, and Environment 18(1): 60-67.

Becker, C. and D. Brown (Eds.)(2013): Special Section: Integrating Development Ethics and Climate Change Ethics. Ethics, Policy, and Environment 16 (1): 37-110.

York, T. and C. Becker (2012): Cultivating an Ethic of Environmental Sustainability. Inte­grating Insights from Aristotelian Virtue Ethics and Pragmatist Cognitive Development Theory. Journal of College and Character 13 (4): 1-12.

Becker, C. (2012): Sustainability Ethics and Sustainability Research. New York: Springer.

Baumgärtner, S.; C. Becker, K. Frank, B. Müller and M. Quaas (2008): Relating the Philosophy and Practice of Ecological Economics. The Role of Concepts, Models, and Case Studies in Inter- and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research. Ecological Economics 67: 384-393.

Becker, C. (2008): Thoreau’s Economic Philosophy. The European Journal of the History of Econo­mic Thought 15: 211-246.

Becker, C. and F. Jöst (2007): Restructuring the Welfare State – A business ethics analysis of the ethical dilemma of economic proposals. Journal for Business, Economics, and Ethics 8: 126- 141. (in German)

Quaas, M.; S. Baumgärtner; C. Becker; K. Frank and B. Müller (2007): Uncertainty and Sustain­ability in the Management of Rangelands. Ecological Economics 62: 251-266.

Becker, C. (2006): The Human Actor in Ecological Economics: Philosophical Approach and Re­search Perspectives. Ecological Economics 60: 17-23.

Baumgärtner, S.; C. Becker; M. Faber and R. Manstetten (2006): Relative and Absolute Scarcity of Nature. Assessing the Roles of Ecology and Economics for Biodiversity Conservation. Ecolo­gical Economics 59: 487-498.

Becker, C.; M. Faber; K. Hertel and R. Manstetten (2005): Malthus vs. Wordsworth: Perspectives on Humankind, Nature and Economy. A Contribution to the History and the Foundations of Ecological Economics. Ecological Economics 53: 299-310.

Becker, C. and R. Manstetten (2004): Nature as a You. Novalis’ Philosophical Thought and the Modern Ecological Crisis. Environmental Values 13: 101-118.